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Our languages and culture courses span the length and breadth of England and Scotland, with the option to study online or in person at a time that suits you. Whether you’re looking to learn a new language and immerse yourself in another country, or you simply wish to indulge in your love and fascination of film, we have the course for you. 

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Our creative writing courses will nourish your inner writer, providing you with a platform to develop your love of poetry, non-fiction or script development. If literature courses are more your kind of thing, then you’re in luck too, as there are a wide range of topics to choose from.  

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Our language courses offer you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a completely new culture, developing your skills so that you can speak confidently in countries right across the world. German, Italian and Greek are just a few examples of the language courses we have to offer, with many others taking place throughout the year.  

As you’d expect, literary greats such as Agatha Christie and Shakespeare feature regularly. There’s also the option to examine other time periods in English literature too, helping you develop your critical reading and analysis skills - perfect whether you’re a beginner or more experienced in the subject.  

If you prefer history then you’ve got a choice too, from courses on subjects you’d expect such as the first world war, or art history and studying the works of iconic painters such as Salvador Dali. 

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Whatever course you choose, you'll learn in a supportive environment where the class sizes are small, ensuring you get the attention you deserve, with an experienced and qualified tutor on-hand to guide you through your learning too.  

A lot of our cultural learning is delivered by our branch network: learn more here.

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Film & Media: Second Look Latin American Cinema

Part 2 of a brief introduction to the rich cinema of Latin America. It gives you an opportunity to explore the rich film industries of Latin America whose influence on world cinema is bigger than you may have thought despite decades of political turmoil, in some cases heavy censorship, and the influence of its Northern neighbour, Hollywood. This half-day course will focus on the international resurgence of Latin American Cinema since the 1990s, including New Mexican Cinema, the works of Latin American auteurs like active in the US and Europe like Walter Salles and Alfonso Cuarón.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 20/06/2024
Times:
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ruth Mulandi
Course code:
Q00014290
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £11.10

Art Appreciation: The Art and Artists of World War One

In this course, we will explore the visual culture in Europe during World War One. From official war art, to soldiers’ sketchbooks, from world-famous artists to anonymous draughtsmen, we will study and discuss a broad range of attitudes to war. We will study many British artists, but also German, French, Italian, and American ones. We will study great works of art, learn a lot about the history of the war from a British and Western perspective, and discuss the role of art and artists during wartime, as well as in the aftermath of a war.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Caroline Levisse
Course code:
Q00015071
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Art Appreciation: Art of the 19th and 20th Centuries

Modern Art’ arouses strong feelings - like it or loathe it! Explore Constable and Turner, understand the Pre- Raphaelites and the Impressionists. Trace the development of ‘Modern Art’ from the beginnings with Cezanne, through the revolutions of Picasso and Mondrian, to the British artists such as Tracy Emin and Antony Gormley. Discuss whether ‘found art’ such as Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ or Tracy Emin’s ‘My Bed’ are really art at all. Examine the importance of modern art galleries. Understand the contexts and the development which have influenced art in the twentieth century.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
David Brindley
Course code:
Q00015237
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Art Appreciation: The National Gallery: History and Highlights (online)

In 2024, the National Gallery celebrates the 200th anniversary of its foundation. This is a great occasion to come back on the gallery’s fascinating history, from 1824 to 2024, and discover some of the collection’s highlights. Why was the National Gallery created, and how? What does it mean to be “the nation’s painting collection”? How do acquisitions happen? What are the visitors’ favourite paintings? How are the paintings preserve? We will answer these questions and more over this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 18/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Caroline Levisse
Course code:
Q00015344
How you'll learn:
Online
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £37.00

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12 months
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History: Art and About: Exploring the Southbank

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! Exploring the Southbank area, this is a heritage guided walk on Thursday 20th June, meeting at 11am by the ticket barriers of Blackfriars station south side of the river Thames, and ending near Waterloo station. Come and explore the Southbank area famously known for its culture and tourism. Once one of London's most polluted neighbourhoods, we will explore how it has evolved into a tree lined riverside neighbourhood that is loved today and attracts millions of visitors.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 21/06/2024 -
Fri 21/06/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Meeting Point: Blackfriars Station
Southside
Southside
London
SE1 9UD
Tutor:
Selina Rice
Course code:
Q00014741
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £7.50

Art Appreciation: Indigenous Artwork- Sami, Aboriginal, Native American and more

In this course, we will focus on artworks that are rarely studied in themselves: the art objects and artworks created by indigenous peoples. Come and learn about the artistic traditions of Native American peoples, of the Sami, of Aboriginal Australians, and more. You will discover cultures that are under-represented within the art world. We will discuss the styles, and types of art and craft that are favoured by specific groups, as well as the narratives that are expressed in these artefacts. A focus on contemporary indigenous artists will allow us to discuss matters of exclusion, assimilation, and rights.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 21/06/2024 -
Fri 19/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Caroline Levisse
Course code:
Q00015407
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Creative Writing: Freefall: Writing Contemporary Poetry

This five week series of workshops continues Stephen Smith’s popular courses on writing contemporary poetry. These workshops will concentrate on the subject of free-verse and will explore a variety of techniques associated with the genre over the last one hundred years. Each workshop will focus on an important element of free-verse technique and will enable each student to produce the first draft of a poem, which utilises that technique. By the end of the course, each student will have written at least three poems, which they will be encouraged to share with each other in a final session that will explore how to edit and to read.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 22/06/2024 -
Sat 20/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Stephen Smith
Course code:
Q00015385
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Art Appreciation: Art and About: Art Along the South Bank - Walking Tour

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! Art Along the South Bank Walking Tour stops at the public sculptures along the South Bank which arrived on the riverside since the Festival of Britain in 1951. As well as the sculptures mounted on plinths in alcoves commissioned to adorn the exterior of the London County Hall, now a major tourist attraction. Discover one of London’s hidden gems, a totally un-curated sculpture park stretching from Westminster Bridge to the Royal Festival Hall. The meeting point is The South Bank Lion on Westminster Bridge Rd, and the walking tour will end on the Riverside Terrace at the Royal Festival Hall.

Course Information

Dates:
Sun 23/06/2024 -
Sun 23/06/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
South Bank Lion Westminster Bridge
The Queen's Walk
London
SE1 7GA
Tutor:
Jolanta Jagiello
Course code:
Q00014492
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.00

Art Appreciation: Introduction to Early Renaissance Painting

This course is an introduction to ways of viewing paintings made in Europe in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The course that uses a selected number of paintings to provide a basis for the beginnings of an appreciation and understanding of some of the seminal ideas in aesthetics and philosophy of the period. The selection will encourage a focus on the paintings with specific themes and attentions; from the early use of artificial perspective and proportions to involvement in a world that represents the complexity of thought with feelings The course will include a study of selected works by Giotto and Masaccio, Jan van Eyck. and Rogier van der Weyden, Piero della Francesca and Sandro Botticelli, Andrea Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
11:15am - 12:45pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Allen Fisher
Course code:
Q00011869
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Fee range
Free to £22.20

Film & Media: Why the Western film genre endures

This one-day session offers an insightful exploration into the evolution and enduring appeal of the Western genre. Through a variety of compelling examples, participants will delve into the dynamic transformations and enduring themes that have shaped Western storytelling. From its historical roots to contemporary adaptations, the course highlights how the Western genre continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Through discussions and analyses, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the genre's evolution and its ongoing resonance in modern storytelling.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 25/06/2024 -
Tue 25/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Norwich Millennium Library (Norwich)
Millennium Library
The Forum, Millennium Plain
Norwich
NR2 1AW
Tutor:
James Clarke
Course code:
Q00015019
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £30.00